Today I'm featuring my review of Fret, plus a great excerpt and contest, so make sure you check out the whole promo post!!
Fret's cover is absolutely spot on for the story... and that cover is hot! This is the type of story I can really get into! Hot protector, cute rocker, lots of drama and danger on the horizon, what more can a reader want?
Axel Gareth is put in danger after coming out. There's a lot going on under the surface for both guys. While you might expect the story's focus to be on the danger Gareth is in and the give and take between them as Axel takes on his first dreaded "babysitting" job, that leads to a lot of different events.
Friends, family, fans are all suspect, but who's after Gareth? That's Axel's job to figure out before something goes wrong and Gareth gets killed. But there's something off about the attacks....
That's all I'm going to say about that! You will have to read Fret if you want to know who's behind all the crazy twists and turns. I enjoyed following along as suspects came and went. The romance between Gareth and Axel is hot, but fraught with its own drama. Plot and character-wise, the story is great. The editing could use some work. Beyond the small technical edits like missing commas, the writing dropped between past and present tense occasionally and that distracted me.
All in all, Fret is a solid story that feels way longer than 48k. I enjoyed getting to know the band, and I will be first in line to get the second story--which you get a sneak peek at the end of Fret--so get your copy today!
Author: Sandrine Gasq Dion
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis
Length: 48,000 words
Release Date: September 01, 2015
Blurb: Former Navy SEAL Axel Blaze lives a solitary life. He doesn't do emotions, and he doesn't do babysitting. Used to being on his own, his job consists of Wetwork (a charming term coined by the KGB) for his former Master Chief, Mac. When an out-of-the-ordinary job lands on his doorstep, Axel heads down a path that includes a famous heavy metal rock band and one quiet, vulnerable, guitar-shredding virtuoso named Gareth Wolf.
Gareth Wolf's life changed in an instant when a car he was a passenger in crashed, hurting his brother's best friend and the band's lead guitarist. They created the band, Skull Blasters, as kids. Gareth had always been happy in the background, playing roadie. With the lead guitarist's injury, Gareth is suddenly thrust into the limelight and into a frenzied life he never imagined for himself. Finally fed up with living a lie, Gareth comes out as gay in a newspaper interview and finds himself in the bulls-eye of a crazed stalker. Somebody wants Gareth hurt - or worse - and Mac has been hired to be sure that doesn't happen. Babysitting duty is NOT Axel's strong suit, but Mac won't be budged.
Enter Axel Blaze. Against his better judgment, the big man takes the job to protect the shy musician. The more time he spends with Gareth Wolf, the more he admires the man. Where's a simple assassination when you need one? The situation becomes more volatile for each man as the attempts on Gareth escalate just as Axel finds himself falling for the quiet lead guitarist.
Strong, funny, smart-ass -- and kinda sweet Axel is everything Gareth has ever wanted in a man. Too bad he's off limits. As the stalker grows bolder, Gareth and Axel move closer emotionally - but is it too late? All Axel knows is that they don't stand a chance if he can't find the maniac trying to kill the man he's come to care about. A lot.
Everyone knows that relationships that begin in pressured or volatile situations eventually fizzle out.
Or do they?
The band was rocking it out and I sought out Gareth Wolf. There were two guitarists, but I found him right away. Black hair touched his shoulders and his lean body moved with his guitar.
As it was, my tag faced backwards; he couldn’t even see my name or credentials.
He flipped my name badge over and sighed audibly, clearly relieved.
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